This is a list of the OPIRG-Toronto action groups for the September 2020-August 2021 term. Please contact them if you are interested in getting involved with the work they do, or contact us at opirg.toronto(at)gmail.com if you have any questions. [PLEASE NOTE WE ARE STILL IN THE PROCESS OF UPDATING THIS LIST]
Leap UofT is a student activist group working for climate justice by localizing the goals of the Leap Manifesto (www.leapmanifesto.org) on campus.
MINING INJUSTICE SOLIDARITY NETWORK
The Mining Injustice Solidarity Network (MISN) is a Toronto-based activist group that organizes to draw attention to and resist the negligent practices of Canadian mining companies, who comprise over 75% of mining businesses worldwide. In solidarity with affected communities and in response to their calls for support, we:
Educate… the Canadian public on mining injustices in Canada and around the world.
Advocate… for stronger community control of mining practices, and in support of self-determination in mining-affected areas.
Agitate… against corporate impunity and in support of substantive regulatory change.
In the spring, we attend mining company annual general meetings to present statements from impacted communities, while simultaneously holding protests outside challenging the company’s narratives. During the rest of the year, we hold film screenings, educational events, speaking tours and workshops to raise awareness of mining injustice. We also respond to calls from impacted communities for support. This fall, we are launching a research project tracking violence committed by Canadian mining companies around the world. We are looking for long-term volunteers for this project to do research on a particular country. If you are interested in getting involved in any of these activities (or have ideas of your own), please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We hold new volunteer orientations on a regular basis.
PRISONER CORRESPONDENCE PROJECT TORONTO
Prisoner Correspondence Project Toronto is a small collective that coordinates a penpal program, connecting queer, gay and trans people who are in prisons with queer, gay and trans people on the outside. In addition, we coordinate a resource library (which is currently being revamped). Our collective is made up entirely of queer, gay and trans people, with various intersecting identities including racialized, disabled, survivors, working class, and more. While the Montreal collective has been around for longer, the Toronto chapter has been organizing for around 5 years.
We aim to make prisoner justice and prisoner solidarity a priority within queer and trans movements on the outside. This is a project for queer, gay and trans communities both on the inside and the outside. Our hope is that people from these communities benefit from the project by:
SAIA – STUDENTS AGAINST ISRAELI APARTHEID
Who are we?
Students’ Against Israeli Apartheid is a Palestine solidarity network of students, faculty, and community members that works to raise awareness on and off campus about Palestinian struggle for self-determination, Israeli Apartheid, and Canada’s complicity in Israel’s apartheid policies. We support the Palestinian civil society’s 2005 call for Boycotts, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) of Israel until it ends its occupation and colonization of Palestinian lands, dismantles the wall, gives full and equal rights to Palestinians within Israel and respects the right of return for all Palestinian refugees.
To work towards these goals, SAIA organizes workshops, lectures, actions and film screenings throughout the year, including the International Week Against the Wall, and the annual international conference Israeli Apartheid Week (IAW). SAIA also works to challenge U of T’s complicity with Israeli violations of international law through its ongoing divestment campaign.
SEXUAL ASSAULT SURVIVORS FUND
SURJ – SHOWING UP FOR RACIAL JUSTICE
SURJ is an international network of groups and individuals organizing White people for racial justice. Through
community organizing, mobilizing, and education, SURJ moves White people to act as part of a multi-racial
majority for justice with passion and accountability. As white people, we are also settlers and visitors to Turtle
Island, and commit to working towards decolonization and indigenous sovereignty. We work to connect people
across Turtle Island while supporting and collaborating with local and national racial justice and decolonization
organizing efforts. SURJ provides a space to build relationships, skills and political analysis to act for change.